Lister 1 1/2 HP D Engine with a Tuke and Bell "Brownson" 8 gals per min Pump
I have just bought this fairly unusual Lister pump set, (November 2003). I have never seen one before and its attraction to me is the History which is local.
This is a Lister "D", 1 1/2hp, stationery engine Serial no 4430 spec D5 (built in May 1955) mounted on steel bedplate with a Tuke and Bell "Brownson", 8gpm, belt driven plunger pump. Engine and pump have been restored to near show condition with the engine having a rebore and new big-end bearing, the pump having new main bearings and glands, the original bedplate has been fitted with wheels to assist with transportation.
Unit history ~ The Engine was supplied by Lister to Tuke and Bell, on 20-06-1955 who fitted it to their pump and bedplate. Tuke and Bell then supplied the unit to Sadler of Ipswich (builders) who installed it at Tattingstone Hospital in Suffolk. The unit was used at the hospital until the early 1990's and restored in 1995 and has been garaged since then. Copies of manuals, original 1955 packing note and invoices were also included. It was sold due to space being required but has not been Rallied.
Tuke and Bell are still in existence http://www.tukeandbell.co.uk/ and are one of the market leaders in the design and manufacture of sewage purification equipment. I emailed them and got an immediate response giving me some details and scans of old sales brochures. It seems that they even still have some spares.
Tuke and Bell "Brownson" pumps were being made before the second world war (they were not sure of the date) and were well established by the onset of war. Production continued until the early 1980s however support has continued to the present day, but they were not sure that any were still in service.
|Page 14 and 15 from the 1956 Tuke and Bell Pump Sales catalogue||Page 16and 17 from the 1956 Tuke and Bell Pump Sales catalogue||Page 18 and 19 from the 1956 Tuke and Bell Pump Sales catalogue||Page 20 and 21 from the 1956 Tuke and Bell Pump Sales catalogue|
|The Lister and Tuke and Bell plunger pump||A view showing the belt drive and fast and loose pulleys||Another view of the pump||One more view|
|The serial number plate||Yet another view||Partially rebuilt and painted||Another view of the rebuild|
I have now stripped the pump ready for rubbing down and painting. I will email T&B to find the original colour. I have removed the engine from the bedplate and will rub it down and re-paint it the correct mid-Brunswick green, The bedplate is currently silver and a bit garish so I intend to paint it black.
T&B thought the original colour was a battleship grey and that they would have probably painted the engine the same but they were unable to tell me the exact BS colour. I have opted to repaint the whole pumpset in Mid Brunswick green and I have added a couple of pics above of the progress however I was unable to get the pumpset out of the garage so they are not too good. I will take some better ones soon.
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